Personally, I think alot of the problem revolves around Dragonite. It easily one-shots two fully, well-trained evolved Ice-types, then loses to a ground type. Based on how absurdly powerful Dragonite has been, they probably though "mid-battle" evolution was the best way to go.
I suppose I just wish their Pokemon were balanced out more by now, like Ash's. Cilan's Pansage is likely going to lose to Dawn's Piplup, but for some reason it just couldn't have been Crustle that loses to her.
I don't know, it just seems whenever Excadrill, and Crustle battle they're treated as almost uber unstoppable Pokemon. Whereas their other Pokemon seem a bit more realistic. It's like they both have a psuedo-Paul's Ursaring on their team.
Just saying so you don't interpret my post wrong again(I think you didn't since you didn't respond to me), I said I was expecting Pikachu to appear and star been saying it for a few weeks, that is why I'm not as bothered.
I hope two reserves get a win now but they migth give one to Pignite and one to Oshawott/Snivy unfortunatly, I'm hoping the Leavanny focus migth have him winning against one.